Currently only available in India, Uber says their newly launched service, UberHIRE is “a new kind of time-based Uber that’s available on-demand, to let you explore and travel around cities knowing that your Uber will wait for you. It’s perfect for travellers exploring a new city, senior citizens who need to make trips punctuated with multiple stop overs, or for business travellers who have multiple meetings – while ensuring it is an economical option for everyone”.
UberHIRE is available in nine of India's cities including Mumbai on a cash only basis at the moment.
Uber have indiciated that the minimum fare on UberHIRE would be $7- $10 depending on the city for two hours and up to 30 kilometers (18.6 miles), beyond this minimum charge UberHIRE riders will be charged at $0.17 cents per kilometer.
Uber says it ran a successful pilot of the service in Kochi, India, before deciding to roll out the service to eight more cities in India - namely New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Vizag and Nagpur.
Like many of Uber’s services, it is likely, if succesful in Mumbai, not long before we see UberHIRE being rolled out to cities around the world with “tourist” type cities likely being the first in line to get the service.